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Mulligans: Chris Christie's lavish tastes; Michelle Obama gets touchy-feely

By Dana Milbank

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey is now among the nation's most celebrated tightwads, having canceled a major tunnel project under the Hudson River connecting his state with New York. But his thrift is of recent origin. A new report from the Justice Department inspector general finds that when he was a U.S. attorney, Christie - identified as "U.S. Attorney C" in the report - routinely exceeded government travel rates. He provided "insufficient, inaccurate, or no justification for 14 of 23 trips," making him the biggest offender on a percentage basis. Among his charges: $236 for a four-mile round trip car service in Boston, and $562 for one from a London airport to his London hotel.

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Michelle Obama just can't keep her hands off of world leaders. Last year, she engaged in inappropriate touching of the queen of England. Now she has touched the Indonesian information minister, a conservative Muslim who is not supposed to touch women outside of his family. The minister, Tifatul Sembiring, alleges that the first lady initiated the contact, but a video of the encounter indicates the minister was a willing participant.

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The election may be over, but the Tea Party is still revved up. In the Arizona hamlet of Fountain Hills, Tea Party groups are fighting the town's effort to consolidate trash pickup and to start a curbside recycling program. The opponents call it socialism and "trashcare."

By Dana Milbank  | November 9, 2010; 9:07 PM ET
Categories:  Mulligans  
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Comments

I'm trying not to lose my head over it, but that pinhead threatening to turn you into hummus really has me furious. (My mom has a good recipe if you need one.)

I always knew those tea party weenies were just talking trash. But if they really want to balance the city budget, just have the garbage trucks drive Governor Christie around when he comes for the rally.

And why are you so touchy about Michele Obama? If you ask me, Michele should have "poked" the Queen, not just pat her on the back. She might "like" it.

Posted by: divtune | November 10, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

On 7/7/10 The AP reported: Audit finds NJ government wastes $3.5 million on unused phone line.
On 11/7/10 The US Attorney’s Office finds Christie overspent $2,000.00 over 2 years as NJ Attorney General on hotel bills. Which press release gets more coverage from the liberal press? I rest my case.

Posted by: jerzygurl135 | November 13, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

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